Tiago V. Maia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University
and New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 74
New York, NY 10032, USA

 

and

 

Assistant Professor

School of Medicine, University of Lisbon

(Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa)

and Institute for Molecular Medicine

(Instituto de Medicina Molecular; IMM)

Av. Professor Egas Moniz

1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal 

Email: MaiaT@nyspi.columbia.edu

                                                            Last updated: August 7, 2013

For downloadable publications, please see below.

Education

Ph.D. in Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007 (advisor: James L. McClelland)

M.S. in Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004

M.S. in Computer Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2001

“Licenciatura” (a five-year degree) in Computer Science and Engineering, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, 1994

Positions Held

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), 2011 – present

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2010 – present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2007 – 2010

Visiting Scientist, International Computer Science Institute (associated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley), 2000

Research Trainee, Automation and Robotics Section, European Space Research and Technology Centre, European Space Agency (Holland), 1998 – 1999

Software Engineer, Edinfor, EDP Group (Portugal), 1996 – 1998

Honors and awards

Considered a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), 2013

New York State Psychiatric Institute Research Associate Award, 2010-2011

Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Childhood and Adolescent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 2008-2010

Carnegie Mellon University’s Graduate Student Teaching Award Honorable Mention, 2006-2007

Herbert A. Simon Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005-2006

Elected to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2005

Travel award from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government, and the Japanese Neural Network Society to attend the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2005 (in Japan)

Graduate Research Fellowship, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), 2004 – 2007

Congratulatory letter from the Director of the Graduate Program, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, for obtaining a 4.0 GPA in the M.S. in Computer Science, which only four other students had achieved in the history of the department (since 1967), 2001

Graduate Research Fellowship, Foundation for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology (Portugal), 2000 – 2004

Research Fellowship, Foundation for Science and Technology/Innovation Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology (Portugal), 1998 – 1999

Travel award from NATO to attend the 23rd International School of Biophysics – Neuroscience in Italy, 1995

Research Fellowship, PRODEP (Portugal), 1994

Travel award from UNINOVA – Institute for the Development of New Technologies to attend the 6th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information in Denmark, 1994

Grants

Active

Tourette Syndrome Association   T. Maia (PI)                   2013-2014

Reinforcement learning and motor biases in children with Tourette syndrome

Direct costs: $68,182                  Total costs: $75,000

Role: PI

PubliCations

Journal articles

Posner, J., Marsh, R., Maia, T. V., Peterson, B. S., Gruber, A., & Simpson, H. B. (in press). Reduced functional connectivity within the limbic cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical loop in unmedicated adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Human Brain Mapping.

Dombrowski, P. A., Maia, T. V., Boschen, S. L., Bortolanza, M., Wendler, E., Schwarting, R. K. W., Brandão, M. L., Winn, P., Blaha, C. D., & Da Cunha, C. (2013). Evidence that conditioned avoidance responses are reinforced by positive prediction errors signaled by striatal dopamine. Behavioural Brain Research, Vol. 241, pp. 112-119.

Horga*, G. & Maia*, T. V. (2012). Conscious and unconscious processes in cognitive control: a theoretical perspective and a novel empirical approach. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Vol. 6:199, pp. 1-7. *Authors contributed equally.

Maia, T. V., & McClelland, J. L. (2012). A neurocomputational approach to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 14-15.

Wang, Z., Maia, T. V., Marsh, R., Colibazzi, T., Gerber, A., & Peterson, B. S. (2011). The neural circuits that generate tics in Tourette’s syndrome. American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 168, No. 12, pp. 1326-1337. [See also spotlight on this article by Greene and Schlaggar (2012), Insights for treatment in Tourette syndrome from fMRI, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 15-16.]

Horga, G., Maia, T. V., Wang, P., Wang, Z., Marsh, R., & Peterson, B. S. (2011). Adaptation to conflict via context-driven anticipatory signals in the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 31, No. 45, pp. 16208 –16216.

Posner, J., Maia, T. V., Fair, D., Peterson, B. S., Sonuga-Barke, E. J., & Nagel, B. J. (2011). The attenuation of dysfunctional emotional processing with stimulant medication: An fMRI study of adolescents with ADHD. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Vol. 193, No. 3, pp. 151-160.

Posner, J., Nagel, B. J., Maia, T. V., Mechling, A., Oh, M., Wang, Z., & Peterson, B. S. (2011). Abnormal amygdalar activation and connectivity in adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 50, No. 8, pp. 828-837.

Maia, T. V., & Frank, M. J. (2011). From reinforcement learning models to psychiatric and neurological disorders. Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 154-162.

Sobel, L. J., Bansal, R., Maia, T. V., Sanchez, J., Mazzone, L., Durkin, K., Liu, J., Hao, X., Ivanov, I., Miller, A., Greenhill, L. L., & Peterson, B. S. (2010). Basal ganglia surface morphology and the effects of stimulant medications in youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 167, No. 8, pp. 977-986.

Maia, T. V. (2010). Two-factor theory, the actor-critic model, and conditioned avoidance. Learning & Behavior, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 50-67.

Maia, T. V. (2009). Reinforcement learning, conditioning, and the brain: successes and challenges. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 343-364.

Maia, T. V. (2009). Fear conditioning and social groups: statistics, not genetics. Cognitive Science, Vol. 33, No. 7, pp. 1232-1251 (selected by the editor as a top article in Cognitive Science, highlighted in the e-news of the Cognitive Science Society of 12/21/09).

Marsh, R., Maia, T. V., & Peterson, B. S. (2009). Functional disturbances within frontostriatal circuits across multiple childhood psychopathologies. American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 166, No. 6, pp. 664-674.

Maia, T. V., Cooney, R. E., & Peterson, B. S. (2008). The neural bases of obsessive-compulsive disorder in children and adults. Development and Psychopathology, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 1251-1283.

Maia, T. V. & Cleeremans, A. (2005). Consciousness: converging insights from connectionist modeling and neuroscience. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 8, pp. 397-404 (most read article in Trends in Cognitive Sciences in the 3rd quarter of 2005).

Maia, T. V. & McClelland, J. L. (2005). The somatic marker hypothesis: still many questions but no answers. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 162-164.

Maia, T. V. & McClelland, J. L. (2004). A reexamination of the evidence for the somatic marker hypothesis: What participants really know in the Iowa gambling task. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Vol. 101, No. 45, pp. 16075-16080 (featured in the journal cover).

McClelland, J. L., Plaut, D. C., Gotts, S. J., & Maia, T. V. (2003). Developing a domain-general framework for cognition: What is the best approach? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 611-614.

Book chapters

Maia, T. V. (2012). Avoidance learning. In N. M. Seel (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, pp. 403-406, Springer.

Dubin, M. J., Maia, T. V., & Peterson, B. S. (2010). Cognitive control in the service of self-regulation. In G. F. Koob, M. Le Moal, & R. F. Thompson (eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol. 1, pp. 288-293. Oxford: Academic Press.

Articles in conference proceedings

Chang, N. C. & Maia, T. V. (2001). Learning grammatical constructions. In J. D. Moore and K. Stenning (eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Edinburgh, Scotland, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 176-181.

Maia, T. V. & Chang, N. C. (2001). Grounding the acquisition of grammar in sensorimotor representations. In P. R. Cohen and T. Oates (eds.), Learning Grounded Representations: Papers from the 2001 AAAI Spring Symposium, The American Association for Artificial Intelligence Press, pp. 39-45.

Chang, N. C. & Maia, T. V. (2001). Grounded learning of grammatical constructions. In P. R. Cohen and T. Oates (eds.), Learning Grounded Representations: Papers from the 2001 AAAI Spring Symposium, The American Association for Artificial Intelligence Press, pp. 10-15.

Abstracts, posters, and technical reports

Maia, T. V., & Peterson, B. S. (2010). Tonic and phasic norepinephrine in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Insights from a neurocomputational model of the Stroop task. Biological Psychiatry, Vol. 67, No. 9S, p. 11S.

Maia, T. V., & Peterson, B. S. (2009). Norepinephrine, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and the Stroop task: a neurocomputational investigation. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Hollywood, Florida.

Maia, T.V. (2005). What participants really know when they decide advantageously in the Iowa gambling task: challenges to the evidence for the somatic marker hypothesis. Poster presented at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2005, Okinawa, Japan.

Maia, T.V. (1999). Control subsystem for a Mars micro-rover. European Space Research and Technology Centre Working Paper 2032.

Doctoral dissertation

Maia, T. V. (2007). A reinforcement learning theory of avoidance. Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Talks

Upcoming

Inaugural Alumnus Colloquium, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 2013

Computational Psychiatry 2013, Miami, FL, USA, 2013

Past

Symposium on Computational Psychopharmacology, British Association for Psychopharmacology Summer Meeting, Harrogate, UK, 2013

13th Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience, Luso, Portugal, 2013

Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013

Annual Guest Lecture Series, Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Center (BCCN) Berlin, Germany, 2013

Institute for Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering (“Instituto de Biofísica e Engenharia Biomédica”), Lisbon, Portugal, 2013

11th International Basal Ganglia Society Meeting, Eilat, Israel, 2013

Reinforcement Learning and Neuroscience Course, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012

Cognitive Psychology Laboratory, CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France, 2012

Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering – Research & Development (“Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores – Investigação e Desenvolvimento”, INESC-ID), Lisbon, Portugal, 2012

Invited Symposium on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 24th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL, 2012

Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012

Minisymposium on the Neural Bases of Self-Regulation and their Disruption in Childhood Psychiatric Disorders, Neuroscience 2011, Washington, DC, 2011

Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011

Colloquium Series, Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2011

Seminar Series, Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2011

Grand Rounds, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, 2011

Symposium on Cortical-Subcortical Circuits in the Pathogenesis of ADHD, 57th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, NY, 2010

Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, 2010

Symposium on CSTC Circuits in the Pathogenesis of ADHD, 65th Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, New Orleans, LA, 2010

Institute for Molecular Medicine and School of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2007

Fifth Meeting of the International Forum of Portuguese Researchers, University of Porto, Portugal, 2006

Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005

Editorial Activities

Guest editing

Guest Editor for Clinical Psychological Science (Special Issue on Computational Psychiatry, 2013)

Journal reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer for:

-          Archives of General Psychiatry

-          Behavioral and Brain Functions

-          Biological Cybernetics

-          Biological Psychiatry

-          Biological Psychology

-          Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders

-          Brain

-          Brain and Cognition

-          Cognition

-          Cognition and Emotion

-          Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience

-          Cognitive Neuropsychology

-          Cognitive Science

-          Consciousness and Cognition

-          Emotion

-          Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

-          Intelligence

-          International Journal of Neural Systems

-          JAMA Psychiatry

-          Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

-          Journal of Computational Neuroscience

-          Journal of Neuroscience

-          Journal of Neuroscience Research

-          NeuroImage

-          Neuron

-          Neuroscience Letters

-          PLoS Computational Biology

-          PLoS One

-          Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

-          Psychological Bulletin

-          Psychological Review

-          Psychopharmacology

-          Science

-          Social Neuroscience

-          Trends in Cognitive Sciences

Book-chapter reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer for:

-    The MIT Press

-    Wadsworth

Grant reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer for:

-          Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK)

-          Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (USA)

Conference reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer for:

-          VIth Brazilian Symposium on Neural Networks (SBRN’00), 2000

Conference organization

-          Member of the Program Committee for the “Brain, Life, and Culture” Conference (Sixth Meeting of the International Forum of Portuguese Researchers), Lisbon, Portugal, 2008

-          Co-chair of the session “Computational Approaches to Neuroscience and Biology” in the Brain, Life, and Culture Conference (Sixth Meeting of the International Forum of Portuguese Researchers), Lisbon, Portugal, 2008

Teaching

Training and Development

Teaching Fellow, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006 – 2007

Certificate of Teaching Development, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007

Instructor

Computational Neuroscience, M.S./Ph.D. in Neuroscience, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2013–present

Cell and Systems Physiology Module in Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, M.S. in Biomedical Technologies, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Fall, 2012–present

Bioelectricity, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012–present

Physiology Module in Metabolism & Endocrinology, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012–present

Systems Physiology, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Fall, 2011–present

Neural Bases of Emotion, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 2004

Teaching Assistant

Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 2005

Abnormal Psychology, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 2002

Introduction to Programming, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Fall 1999

Introduction to Computer Science, M.S. in Soil Mechanics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Spring 1994

Guest lecturer

“The motor system (computer simulations lab)”, in Neuroscience Core, M.S. in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012–present

 “Neuron physiology (computer simulations lab),” in Physiology, B.S. in Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012–present

“The prefrontal cortex (computer simulations lab),” in Physiology, B.S. in Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012–present

“Muscle force and fatigue (lab),” in Module II.II: Organic and Functional Systems, M.S. in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012–present

“Oculomotor function, skin conductance responses, and other reflexes (lab),” in Module II.II: Organic and Functional Systems, M.S. in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012–present

 “Executive function and the prefrontal cortex,” in Cognition, M.S. in Neuroscience, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012

“The visual system (computer simulations lab)”, in Neuroscience Core, M.S. in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012

“Clinical case discussion,” in Neuroscience Core, M.S. in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012

“Neuroscience minisymposium (member of the jury)”, in Neuroscience Core, M.S. in Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Spring, 2012

“The development of executive function,” in Human Development, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, Spring, 2011 (instructor: Dr. Elisabeth Guthrie)

“Connectionist models of cognitive control”, in Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring, 2006

“Current trends in cognitive science: computational cognitive neuroscience,” in Computação e Ciências Cognitivas, Departmento de Informática, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Spring, 2005

“Challenges to the somatic marker hypothesis,” in Reason, Passion, and Social Cognition, Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring, 2005

University Service

Reviewer for the fellowship program “Programa Educação pela Ciência / Bolsas Gulbenkian-FMUL,” School of Medicine, University of Lisbon, 2013

Program committee for the Biomedical Engineering Annual Meeting, School of Medicine, University of Lisbon, and Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, 2012-2013

Other professional activities

Director of Neuroscience Research at Progresso Infantil (a large child psychiatry, psychology, and neurology clinic), 2013 – present

Member of the Board, International Forum of Portuguese Researchers, 2007 – present

News and Media

Scientific press

Stambor, Z. (2005). Going against the grain: Graduate student Tiago Maia’s research challenges a popular decision-making theory, Monitor on Psychology (American Psychological Association), Vol. 36, No. 7, July/August 2005, pp. 74-76.

Sanfey, A. G., & Cohen, J. D. (2004). Is knowing always feeling? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Vol. 101, No. 48, pp. 16709-16710.

Silver, J. (2004). How people make decisions: The somatic marker hypothesis challenged, Journal Watch Psychiatry, December 8, Vol. 2004, No. 1208, p. 7.

Television

Telejornal, RTP1, October 27, 2012, Portugal (one of the most watched news programs in Portugal)

Popular press

“Quem é melhor: o cérebro ou o computador?”, Sábado, May 31, 2012, pp. 88-90

Interview (in Portuguese), Mundus, No. 16, February 2007, pp. 82-83.

 “O comportamento humano explicado pelo computador” (interview in Portuguese), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Newsletter, No. 73, May 2006, p. 14.

Jim Edwards, “Why buy? Researchers seek an answer”, Brandweek Magazine, October 3, 2005.

Jorge Massada, “Cientista português desafia António Damásio,” Ciência Hoje, November 11, 2004, first page.

Hugo Séneca, “E o espaço aqui tão perto,” Exame Informática, Vol. 5, No. 63, September 2000, p. 82.